Astronaut Leadership Experience Arctic (Winter Programme)
3rd-9th March 2018


The Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, is mesmerising and one of the natural world’s most astonishing phenomena. The Aurora can be seen the strongest near the Arctic Circle in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Aurora often appears in a striking green or light rose colour, that can change to yellow or red. The Aurora is caused by streams of charged particles from the Sun which are directed by the Earth’s magnetic field towards the Polar Regions.

You can hear first-hand from Astronaut Michael Foale what the Aurora looks like from space and how it differs from our viewing in the Arctic.

The Artic circle in Northern Norway is just about the best place in the world to view the Aurora. An untouched wilderness where mountains dive hundreds of meters into the world famous fjord. It is home to Norway’s indigenous people, the Sami people who live in lavvo (tents), herd reindeer, and are completely at one with nature.

February is the best time to visit the Arctic. The days are longer allowing more snow-clad landscapes during the daytime, and the February evenings offer the best of the Northern light majestic moments. There is no other place on Earth which stands a better chance of spotting the lights, and we will be situated right in the heart of this outstanding area.


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Activities

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Fjord RiB Boat Safari

Experience the remote Fjords and arctic waters travelling at high-speed on RiB boats. Surrounded by crystal clear water, Caribbean colours, and the spectacular mountain ranges of the Fjords. View white-tailed eagles, seals, porpoises and many more Arctic species. If we are really lucky, we will also be looking out for humpback whales!

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Reindeer Sledding and Sami Culture

Sami people are the indigenous people who inhabit and roam the arctic. Spend the day with our Sami guides and in the company of their reindeer herds. Drive a reindeer-sled, and learn Sami arts and skills such as; the ancient art of lasso-throwing.

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Snow-shoe, Orienteering and Glaciers

Explore the mountain ranges by snow-shoe trekking, taking in the glaciers and Fjords. Astronaut Mike Foale and our wilderness experts will lead the development of our orienteering, team building and leadership skills.

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The World’s Most Northerly Aquarium and the Lyngen Alps

Visit Polaria, the world’s most northerly aquarium. Experience the panoramic cinemas, and meet the bearded seals, Erignathus Barbatus. Travel to The Lyngen Alps where we will spend the next three nights sleeping in Sami Tents and Cabins. Dive into the wilderness on a nature.

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Alaskan Husky Sledding

Drive your own sled pulled by huskies! Spend the day interacting, cuddling and playing with the fantastic Alaskan huskies and learn the commands of the Norwegian mushers.

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X Country Skiing and Aurora Chase

Cross-country ski through the tranquillity of the majestic mountains. Spend your evening chasing the Aurora and gazing at the world’s greatest natural phenomena, the Northern Lights!

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